Matthias Brenzinger: Our Featured Linguist!
It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
FYI: SASAL/Student Web Site, Update/Leaving Notes
SASAL (Student Association for Sociolinguistics and Anthropological|
We would like to announce a new organization for students studying or
interested in sociolinguistics and/or anthropological linguistics. SASAL is
an informal forum for students to discuss research and student concerns, as
well as a means to get to know other students with similar interests from
different schools around the world.
SASAL's website is located at http://www.ncsu.edu/linguistics/sasal
To subscribe to the SASAL mailing list, send a message to
<email@example.com> saying "subscribe". To unsubscribe, send
a message to the same address saying "unsubscribe". To post to the list,
email directly to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
We are in the process of forming a mailing list for all who want to join. We
are also scheduled to hold an informal meeting during the NWAVE conference in
Toronto (Oct. 14-17, 1999).
For further information, please contact Maryam Bakht-Rofhear
<email@example.com> or Uri Horesh <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Recently some questions were raised about leaving notes on a web-site.
The poster of the original FYI message provides the following information:
The points made are indeed important. I tried both third voice
and utok, and found that utok doesn't slow you down at all. I enjoy
working with it and find it useful and a lot of fun.
With regard to the questions raised, I sent a massage to utok.com and
these are their answers:
uTokdoes not interfere or slow the browsing experience at all.
Withregard to the quality of the notes: in uTOK, users vote on
notes that they read , and notes that get a lot of "thumbs down" are
deleted. In this way, the quality of the content is controlled in a
The user-created groups allow people to filter the notes they read
only to notes from their groups (currently groups are open to all, in
the future groups can be closed and moderated)
Withregard to the lifetime of the notes: notes can be deleted only in
two ways: the author of the note deleted his note ; or many people
voted down on a note so it was automatically deleted. Other than
that notes are not deleted
Withregard to security: in uTok the notes are text-only (not HTML-
based like in third voice), so the user and his machine are completely